Spring is in and it is nice to begin this new season by looking after yourself. Self-care is essential to living a well-balanced life. It keeps you grounded and centered especially in times of transition like when seasons change. Here are five self-care ideas that you can add to your routine specially for this season.
Hydrate the fun way
An article published in MayoClinic says that the average water intake for adult men is 3 liters per day and 2.2 liters per day for adult women.
Now if that amount overwhelms you, here is what you can do to achieve that daily average intake quota: hydrate the fun way by infusing your water with fresh & organic fruits. This gives your water a hint of flavor without the excess sugar & artificial flavors.
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Keeping your body well-hydrated, especially during the warmer months, is essential. Certified holistic health & wellness coach Abby Phon says that drinking adequate amounts of water:
- Makes your skin clear & youthful,
- Relieves fatigue & headache,
- Gives your energy a boost
- Shakes off the blues
- Keeps constipation at bay,
- Flushes out toxins from your body
- Makes your joints strong & well-lubricated; and
- Strengthens your immune system
All these perks combined helps you kickoff the new season with renewed vitality. And that is exactly all we need.
Eat more fresh produce
Spring is the best time of the year to be adventurous in terms of adding fresh produce in your diet. Locally-grown, organic, fresh fruits and vegetables are most abundant and are in their best quality.
To make your dishes even more interesting, give a chance to "ugly produce" too. 2016 was a significant year for health enthusiasts and anti-food waste activists.
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Their campaign to educate and encourage consumers to choose these food items for their nutritional value despite their "cosmetic oddities" was at its peak. Why not join the “ugly produce” brigade?
Try doing "Me Time" on a dime
Self-care is not selfish. The problem is that we often think it is because of the twisted idea that a satisfying, soul-touching self-care session comes with a hefty price tag. The good news is you can do "me time" on a dime.
Here are 3 virtually free self-care ideas that you need to try:
- Sit alone and think about one thing you can do, where you are, with what you have that will make you feel relaxed afterwards. It can be a warm bath, a bowl of hot stew, a hot cup of tea, or 5 minutes of meditation.
- Look around the kitchen for items that you can use to mimic your favorite spa treatments. Spent coffee grounds can be used as a body scrub. Mayonnaise, lemon and green tea make a good homemade hair mask. Greek yogurt and turmeric are the only ingredients you need for a rejuvenating face pack.
- Think about an activity or a hobby that you love doing or that you want to try. And then think about ways on how you can spend a portion of your day or your week on it. It can be a sport or an art form. As a matter of fact, it can even be a "chore". Missed cooking? Now is the time to explore recipes and cook some more.
Turn "Me Time" to "We Time"
Shaking off the winter blues may not be something that you need but someone in your circle may desperately need it. So see if you can plan something for spring with the people you love and care about. Invite friends for a spring potluck or offer to make dinner for the family. After all, it is the time of the year when fresh produce are easy to come by.
Sometimes the best self-care ideas involve activities that make you look after others. See if there are organizations and causes near you where you can volunteer. Of course, you can volunteer with friends or with your family too.
Go beyond the usual spring cleaning
Spring cleaning is mandatory. It is difficult not to feel a little overwhelmed considering how much organizing, scrubbing, polishing, dusting and de-cluttering you have to do.
But did you know that keeping your home clean, tidy and clutter-free is a form of self-care? In fact, de-clutter expert Katie Rogers says that getting rid of clutter in your home is just as good as being in a therapist's chair.
Also, there are ways to make spring cleaning a fun activity for the family. Check out this list of hacks and tips that will make spring cleaning fun from the HGTV website.
Are you ready to spring into spring? Be sure that you have all that you need to ease your way into this colorful and vibrant season by doing at least one of our spring self-care ideas above.